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Nikon AF FX DC-NIKKOR 135mm f/2D Fixed Zoom Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras
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|Aperture Control Design||Includes aperture ring|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||built-in|
|Compatible Mountings||Nikon F (FX)|
|Focus Type||Screw drive from camera|
|Item Dimensions||3.11 x 3.11 x 4.72 inches|
|Item Display Weight||28.5 ounces|
|Item Weight||1.8 pounds|
|Lens Type||Prime lens|
|Macro Focus Range||1.10 m|
|Material Type||Metal mount|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F2.0|
|Maximum Focal Length||135 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||35mm full frame|
|Minimum Focal Length||135 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||9|
|Number of Elements||7|
|Number of Groups||6|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||72 mm|
|Shipping Weight||2.12 pounds|
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|Compatible Camera Mount||Nikon F (FX)||Nikon F (FX)||Nikon F (FX)||Nikon F (FX)||Nikon F (FX)||Nikon F (FX)|
|Focus Type||Screw drive from camera||Screw drive from camera||Ultrasonic||Ultrasonic||Ring-type ultrasonic||Ultrasonic|
|Item Dimensions||3.11 x 4.72 x 3.11 in||3.11 x 4.37 x 3.11 in||3.43 x 3.31 x 3.43 in||3.15 x 2.87 x 3.15 in||3.27 x 4.57 x 3.27 in||3.27 x 3.5 x 3.27 in|
|Item Weight||1.8 lbs||1.41 lbs||1.31 lbs||0.77 lb||1.74 lbs||1.37 lbs|
|Lens Type||Prime lens||Prime lens||Prime lens||Prime lens||Prime lens||Prime lens|
|Maximum Focal Length||135 millimeters||105 millimeters||85 millimeters||85 millimeters||105 millimeters||24 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||135 millimeters||105 millimeters||85 millimeters||85 millimeters||105 millimeters||24 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||72 millimeters||72 millimeters||77 millimeters||67 millimeters||62 millimeters||77 millimeters|
The Nikon AF DC Nikkor 135mm f/2.0D Autofocus Lens features unique Nikon Defocus-image Control technology, which allows you to control background and foreground blur for striking portraits. Autofocus capability. Large maximum aperture for shooting in dim light. Accepts 72mm filters. Built-in lens hood. This high-performance, medium telephoto features Defocus Image Control allowing for control of the degree of focus in the foreground or background.Features: Portrait lens with Nikon's exclusive Defocus Control. Change the appearance of out of focus elements (circles of confusion) so that they appear larger or smaller Rear focusing for fast AF operation Note! AF not supported by D40 and D60 cameras.
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Mechanically this is a solid, solid hunk of tank-like glass and metal. It weighs quite a bit too, but it's a short lens so it doesn't feel unbalanced (depending on the camera you use of course). My only complaint with the design is that Nikon did not weather seal this lens which might disappoint some, but others may not need it. The autofocus is screw-driven as it's a D-type lens, but it works far better than any other D lens I've used. The focus is quite fast and snappy without much play. *NOTE: the focus will vary depending on the motor in your camera.* I'm glad to say the lens does not torque when you focus unlike other D-type telephotos like the 80-200 2.8D which can cause issues with steadiness; this lens has no vibrations or torque. The focus ring locks when in autofocus which is extremely handy and when you switch over to manual it's smooth, precise and weighted nicely; perfect for portraits and detail work. It's a rear-focus design so nothing moves externally. The focus scale is thorough and easy to read, though the lens doesn't have an infinity hard-stop because of the defocus control. The built-in lens hood is perfect, I wish more of my lenses had this. The mechanics and ergonomics are quite pleasurable and everything is well thought out.
- Spectacular image quality and rendering
- Very sharp
- Unmatched quality of depth of field and bokeh
- Precise control of bokeh, softness and aberrations
- Virtually no distortion
- Fast autofocus (even for a D-type)
- Very, VERY good build quality and ergonomics -it's made like an old manual focus lens
- Built-in durable lens hood
- Locking focus ring
- Detailed distance scale
- Strong color aberrations at certain apertures, but controllable with DC
- Defocus is tricky (not really a con, but a warning)
- Only stops down to f/16
- Not weather sealed
Verdict: This is the best F-mount lens I've ever used. Stunning image quality, sharpness, depth of field and bokeh; while a little difficult to use, the Nikon 135mm f/2 dc is very enjoyable to shoot and produces some of the best images at this focal range out there. Nikon doesn't make lenses like this anymore and using the DC lenses is an amazing experience.
Keeping in mind I'm always shooting with flash or studio lights, and aways at my camera's native ISO of 100 to make the fine details pop. That said, this lens produces very sharp, distortion free results, great for head shots and unique environmental portraits. What I really love about this lens is the potential for mind blowing body shots taken on location from a distance. If you have the room to stand way back and frame a body along with some of the surrounding scenery, and shoot at less than f/4, you'll get astounding creamy bokah with a sliver a sharpness deep enough to stand your subject out sharply from a sea of blurry color. The foreground compression leading up to your subject just makes the icing on the cake.
I will admit it's not the sharpest at f/2, if you are a pixel counter you might be disappointed, but for the rest of us who shoot for a living you'll be very happy with the results. Shooting long primes is a lost art in the general photography community. If you have the money, love taking portraits that are well composed against scenic backdrops, this will deliver results. If you have a 70-200mm and are happy with it, don't bother, you'll get bored with the lack of VC and zoom ability. You need to really want this lens to love it.
The DC feature works and is more noticeable from f/2 until f/4 depending on your subject distance. The perspective of a 135 lens combined with the stellar light sucking optics of this lens and a sprinkle of DC control makes it a worthy choice for portrait and head shot artists.
For a Nikon prime shooter, This, along with the the 85mm 1.4 D and the 24mm 2.8 D are the only three lenses you'll ever need.
Most recent customer reviews
Shots are very clear and the defocus ability is great
NOTE: THIS IS NOT FOR CROPPED SENSOR CAMERAS.Read more